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Posted Tuesday, Nov 1, 2016 9:00:00 AM
ACLC Student to Perform at Carnegie Hall — For the 3rd Time!

Isabelle Brown-Lyden featured in Alameda Patch 

Isabelle Brown-Lyden, a 9th grade learner at Alameda Community Learning Center (ACLC) will be preforming at Carnegie Hall in New York on November 26, 2016.  Isabelle has performed the cello twice at Carnegie Hall for winning third place and second place in the international competition, American Protégé. 

This year Isabelle again came in second in the American Protégé competition and will perform at Carnegie Hall for the 3rd time. She will play solo Bach on a beautiful old Italian instrument that is being generously loaned to her from Reed Yoboah Fine Violins in New York City.

Attending Alameda Community Learning Center (ACLC) since she was in 6th grade, David Hoopes the Lead Facilitator for ACLC says, “Isabelle is a remarkable cellist, who is a tremendously strong learner and very well-rounded.” David added, “She is the embodiment of the learner-lead atmosphere that ACLC fosters.”

Last year she placed second in the Alexander and Buono International Strings Competition. She was the only middle school cellist to place in that competition. Isabelle’s musical accomplishments also include performing in a competition at Merkin Concert Hall in Lincoln Center where she won honorable mention.

Isabelle has played cello for over 10 years, since the age of four. Her mother Marcie Brown, who is also a cellist, is one of her teachers.  Isabelle also takes instruction from Andy Luchansky in Oakland.  Andy is the cello teacher at Sacramento State University.

Isabelle is currently playing with the Berkeley Youth Orchestra. Following her audition this year, she was placed in first chair- an accomplishment for a ninth grade learner in an orchestral group that has musicians through the 12th grade. Isabelle will have a solo with this orchestra on Sunday, November 13th, at 2pm.

Outside of ACLC and schoolwork, when she is not playing the cello she is busy playing tennis. She is also a fashion designer and seamstress. Isabelle has a golden doodle named Biscuit that she adores.

Posted Monday, Mar 11, 2013 9:00:00 AM
ACLC learners win big at Alameda County Science & Engineering Fair!


Each year ACLC learners participate in a comprehensive science or engineering project that that takes months of research, experimentation, and analysis. This year more than 200 learners in 6th, 7th, & 8th Grade Science, Physics, Chemistry, Environmental Leadership, and Biology classes presented their projects in a preliminary round to a panel of judges from UC Berkeley. Learners with the top projects were invited to participate in the Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair on March 8th & 9th, 2013. ACSEF is affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world's largest pre-college celebration of high school science competition and the California State Science Fair (CSSF), which is California's most elite science competition for middle and high school student projects.

We are very proud to announce that many of our learners won special awards and continued ACLC's strong tradition of scientific excellence! Congratulations to all! 

  • Sophia Moore—1st place in Biological Sciences and 2nd Runner up to Grand Champion
  • Joshua Morgan—1st place Engineering
  • Cailean Demmon—2nd place
  • Zachary Engberg—4th place
  • Angela Kim—A special Award From the Department of Health
  • Aidan Chin—4th place
  • Jessica Wu—3rd place
  • Michelle Cossette—A special award from the Water Board
  • Patrick Melendez—2nd place in Environmental Science
  • Adam Orla-Bukowski—4th place Physical Science
  • Catherine Norboe---4th place
  • Eli Solomon—2nd place Physical Science
  • Camilla Guiza-Chavez—1st place from the Water Board and 4th place in Botany
  • Rudi Skowronski—3rd place
  • Francisco Bautista—4th place
  • Mary Jane Howland—1st place
  • Bethany Kharrazi—4th place
  • Molly Howland—Animal Science Special Award and 3rd place
  • Kimberley Carter—3rd place
  • Luca van der Meer--Vacuum society Special Award
  • Michael MacLeod--2nd place
Posted Thursday, Nov 15, 2012 6:07:39 PM
Game Night at ACLC on Friday, November 16 from 5pm-8pm. Sponsored by Interact Club.

The Interact Club at ACLC with NEA is proud to announce its first collaborative fundraiser: a Game Night at ACLC on Friday, November 16 from 5pm-8pm.

The event is free to enter and there will be food for sale. Games include karaoke, dance dance revolution (DDR), and super smash bros. There will be many contests and prizes awarded as well!

Anyone and everyone is invited to this fundraising event!

Interact is a charity service group currently raising funds for two worthy causes: Save our Schools and Room to Read.  Please come show your support, and start Thanksgiving break on a positive note.

Posted Thursday, Nov 15, 2012 5:56:15 PM
ACLC Constitutional Convention and Thanksgiving Feast

On the back on an exciting national election, the ACLC leadership class plans to engage all learners in bettering ACLC's own democratic society.

On Friday, November 16th, Leadership will host the annual ACLC Constitutional Convention and Thanksgiving Feast at school in lieu of regular academic classes.

The Constitutional Convention is a one-day event when the entire community comes together to have their voices heard about issues in our school in order to initiate change. Throughout the morning there will be six different topic stations, and learners will have the opportunity to attend four stations of their choosing to discuss issues.

The Leadership class has used learner feedback to create a schedule for the day of leadership-learner run and facilitator-supervised stations.  After an incredible morning, the Constitutional Convention will be followed by ACLC's annual Thanksgiving Feast. 

Posted Monday, Nov 5, 2012 9:17:45 AM
Fiona Blackburn, a senior student at the Alameda Community Learning Center (ACLC) has been named a 'Commended Student' in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program.

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